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What home buyers need to know about taxes

Have you heard this before? “When you rent, you’re throwing your money away! ” But what does it really mean? It most often refers to the tax breaks a homeowner…

Approach off-MLS property listings with caution

Approach off-MLS property listings with caution

Whether you plan to buy or sell a home in 2016, you can expect to hear the terms “pocket listing”or “off-MLS listing” bantered about. Those are properties that are for…

Home improvements that pay off

If you’re planning to sell your home now or in the near future, you may be considering renovations or upgrades to make it more marketable and secure a higher sales…

Imagining the home of the future

  It’s easy to picture what your dream home would look like, but can you imagine what a home of the future would look like?    Today’s homebuilders are laser-focused…

Skipping home inspections can be a costly mistake

Navigating the path between the dream of home ownership and getting the keys to your dream home can feel daunting, because of the countless steps in the transaction process. Sometimes…

How to decipher mortgage financing options

The dream of home ownership is shared by legions of Americans, but many are stopped at the front door for fear of not being able to secure financing. What are…

Why pocket listings are something to be wary of

Pocket listings, or listings marketed off of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), used to be an insider term in the real estate business. It denoted properties that were for sale…

Top reasons home sales fall through

When you enter into a real estate transaction, whether you’re buying or selling, you can be fixated on getting the sale done. There’s typically excitement or anticipation that comes with…

What it takes now to buy your first house

By MICHAEL BLOWER Central Valley Assoc. of Realtors The Central Valley real estate market is hot right now, providing more available lower-priced properties for first-time home buyers. However, no matter…

How to keep house flipping from flopping

Interested in getting into the real estate game as a primary or side business? Buying, renovating and selling a house for profit, commonly referred to as “flipping” a house, can…

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